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Artist of the Month
January 2016

Artist of the Month

Brook Forrest White, Jr.

Louisville’s Brook Forrest White, Jr. stumbled upon glass art while studying government at Centre College. There, he honed his skills under the tutelage of Stephen Rolfe Powell. He has maintained an operating hot shop since 1996 and owns and operates Flame Run studio and glass gallery. His commitment to glass has helped fuel the creation and expansion of a growing art glass community in Kentucky.

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Brook Forrest White, Jr.

Artist of the Month

Artist Statement:

My work is about energy and motion.  I want to express vitality. Glassblowing provides an arena where the medium equals my intensity. The fire, the heat, the physical action, and the teamwork stimulate my creative drive.  The process allows me to transfer a bit of myself into each piece, thereby encasing a portion of my passion within the glass.

My latest series, En Route, is influenced by my recent travels. Intense color dominates my work. For me, color signifies emotions, feelings, thoughts, and moods.  This latest series represents specific times and places from my traveling adventures. This work symbolizes my travel journal for the past two years and my passion for traveling.

About Brook Forrest White, Jr.

Born in the summer of 1969 to a paratrooper of the 101st Airborne and a nurse, Brook devoted himself to sports and music in his teen years, not art.  He became an accomplished soccer player and rock and roll drummer.  It was in college, while playing soccer and pursuing a degree in government, that White stumbled upon glass art.  Under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell, White discovered a new kind of athleticism and creativity in the hot glass process.  Brook’s interest in glass intensified even as his acceptance to law school arrived.  While contemplating his future, he spent a year traveling in Europe and the U. S.   Visiting art galleries, museums, and glass studios.

A term of law school failed to conquer White’s love of hot glass.  Returning to Danville in 1995, he started up his own studio, Glassbrook, LLC.  In 2000, he moved to Louisville, KY to open the hotshop at Louisville Glassworks.  In 2004, he opened Flame Run Hot Shop and Gallery and has continued making and exhibiting work all over the country. 

Flame Run has helped place Louisville on the map as an art glass destination.  Brook has maintained an operating hot shop since 1996, and his commitment to glass has helped fuel the creation and expansion of a growing art glass community in Kentucky.  In 2010, Brook was a co-chair in hosting the 40th Anniversary Glass Art Society’s annual conference in Louisville.  In December 2015, Flame Run presented at the international Red Dot Art Fair in Miami, Florida.

Brook juggles his glass career with raising 10 year-old boy and girl twins, Chrisler and Aubrey. His children have provided him with new insight and passion for the creative process.  Both kids enjoy being around the glassblowing studio. They are a constant source of joy and inspiration for him in his glass pursuits.

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Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Flame Run Gallery & Studio, Louisville, Kentucky, for providing the materials for the Artist of the Month.

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